5 Home Gym Essentials for under $100

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Have you gotten to the point where you know you need to work out, but getting to the gym is difficult? Or maybe you just don’t have the budget for a gym membership and wished you had equipment for a home gym.

Have you ever walked through the fitness aisle at Target and wondered what exactly you needed to begin making a home gym?

A few years ago, I decided I was going to get serious about my personal fitness and I purchased just a few items to get started. I didn’t want to spend money on a gym membership and figured out that for the cost of a membership for 2 months I could have a pretty good home gym.

This is my list and the total cost for all of it is just under $100, minus the activity tracker!


I started with dumbells because I was doing Jillian Michael’s video, Ripped in 30. I started with a 3lb set, like these Neoprene Dumbbells and graduated to 5lbs in a couple weeks. This set is about $14.00 for the 3lb set. Every gym needs to have at least 1 set of dumbbells, so grab a set or maybe even two because you will continue to use them as your strength improves. Also, you won’t regret having a set of dumbbells. There are so many uses to help you get in shape.

A Workout Mat

This workout mat is technically a Pilates mat, HemingWeigh Extra Thick Foam Exercise Mat. They cost around $20. It’s a little thicker than a yoga mat and I liked that because of I have issues with my back. You could get a yoga mat if you prefer, and they cost about the same. The mat is just a really nice place to do core exercises and stretching.

Foam Roller

Oh, the joy of the foam roller the day after a killer workout! It’s one of those love-hate relationships. You hate it because it hurts, but love it because you can walk again! The ProSource High-Density Extra Firm Foam Roller, the 36″ and they run about $18-$20. I chose the longer one so I could lay on it lengthwise and roll out my shoulders and lower back all at the same time. If you haven’t noticed, I have issues with my back so anything to help.

Workout Videos

I already told you I was doing Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 and recommend all of her DVD’s. I have done Ripped in 30, 30 day Shred, No More Trouble Zones, 6 Week 6 Pack and Extreme Shred and Shed. They are all under $10 on Amazon and I every time I start to workout again I go back to them.

I have also done Jillian Michaels website membership. It is fairly inexpensive and the video really does get your heart rate up and help you build muscle and lose fat. Her website has a BOATLOAD of benefits too! It has meal plans, and the community for motivation is helpful too.

I found the meal plans excellent and I loved that I could customize them to my dietary needs and they helped me lose weight. I highly recommend you check out her app. You get meal plans, workouts and the support you need to get fit and strong with Jillian Michaels. Click here and start your 7-Day Free Trial!

I like the Daily Burn, it has 2 pricing options. I use the full-service option. Here is my referral link and you can join me on the Daily Burn. I have been doing their yoga and pilates series. This year I have been doing slower workouts and just focusing on taking care of me, not just getting back into shape.

Activity Tracker

An activity tracker isn’t something you really need for a home gym, but I found when I started wearing one it really opened my eyes to see how inactive I was on my “off” days (and if we’re serious off days come more often than we like to admit) I started with the Fitbit.

Adding an activity tracker to your home gym means my list is over my $100 price point. But activity trackers make awesome gifts!

Related: How I Paid Cash for my Apple Watch

I currently have an Apple Watch that I saved for. Using the Ibotta App, I was able to save all the monies I earned when I was grocery shopping. I saved enough to pay for 1/3 of my watch! If you aren’t familiar with Ibotta, it is a grocery shopping app that offers coupons on items you purchase at the store and various other places. This is my referral link to Ibotta. If you sign up, you will get $10 free after your first purchase and I will get $5!

There you have it! These are the 5 items you need to start your home gym. You can start with a couple and add as you go. I would love to hear if you tried any of the items I listed. I’m going to finish lacing up my shoes before I go hit play on Ripped in 30!

Let me know if you have a home gym and if you would recommend anything else for a beginner!


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